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Best 10th Round Knockouts in Boxing History

Updated on August 19, 2014

Chico Corrales K.O. 10 Jose Luis Castillo (May 7, 2005)

Diego Corrales came back from the brink to stop Jose Luis Castillo in the 10th round and win the lightweight world title.
Diego Corrales came back from the brink to stop Jose Luis Castillo in the 10th round and win the lightweight world title. | Source

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Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo (First Bout)

This was a 135 pound unification bout with Corrales being the WBO champion and Castillo being the WBC Lightweight champion. Corrales was tall and known for a shaky chin, big heart and huge punch. Castillo was known for having boxing skills, infighting skills and a steel chin.

The first three rounds were close and could have gone either way even though Castillo had a slight advantage. In the fourth, Castillo started finding his range and landing crisp jabs and hooks to the head and body. Corrales stormed back to take the 5th and he even cut Castillo in his left eyebrow with a hard right hand. The sixth and seventh were close rounds with Castillo landing more shots but Chico landing bone jarring hooks down the stretch of each stanza. The eight and ninth rounds were competitive but Castillo definitely was starting to take over and he even staggered Corrales in the ninth. The 10th round will go down as the best or at least one of the few best rounds in the sports entire history. Corrales started loading up and Castillo beat him to the punch with a left hook and Chico hit the floor. After arising Castillo rushed into Corrales and landed three flush shots Nd Corrales fell again. During all of this Corrales spit his mouthpiece out twice to buy time and got a point deducted. When Castillo went for the kill against the hurt Corrales, Chico turned the tide somehow and landed five big punches with Castillo's arms down by his sides and he was out on his feet without a doubt. The ref stopped the classic match with Castillo bleeding all over and looking confused and beaten.

George Foreman K.O. 10 Michael Moorer (November 5, 1994)

George Foreman knocks out Michael Moorer with a big right hand in the 10th heat to become the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history.
George Foreman knocks out Michael Moorer with a big right hand in the 10th heat to become the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history. | Source

George Foreman vs. Michael Moorer

Big George was an underdog as he was 45 years old and lost his last bout. Michael Moorer was the heavyweight world champion and the first southpaw heavyweight champion in history.

Moorer won nearly every round of the fight. The first six rounds was all Moorer using an accurate right jab and good foot movement that kept Big George from getting set. In the seventh and eighth rounds Moorer was still hitting Foreman at will with jabs, left hands and he now started to mix in uppercuts as well. The ninth was more of the same and Foreman's eyes were starting to swell up. Moorer started standing flat footed and moving less and Foreman landed a few shots other than his jab. Moorer came out in the ninth staring at a boxer who he just beat for 8 rounds in a row. Moorer topped giving angles and his footwork slowed down. Foreman landed his jab good in this round but it still wasn't enough as Moorer started landing combinations. The tenth looked liked the rest until out of the Texas Outback Foreman landed a hard jab followed by a hard right that appeared to stun Moorer. Foreman through the same one- two again and Moorer went down for the count.

Archie Moore Highlights

Archie Moore K.O. 10 Alejandro Lavorante (March 30, 1962)

Archie Moore beat Lavorante into a tenth round knockout and eventually he was carried from the ring on a stretcher.
Archie Moore beat Lavorante into a tenth round knockout and eventually he was carried from the ring on a stretcher. | Source

Archie Moore vs. Alejandro Lavorante

The first three rounds were close but Moore had a decided edge with crisp jabs and leaping left hooks finding their mark often. Also, Moore was tagging the body cleanly with hooks. In the fourth, Lavorante landed a home run left hook and right cross and Moore hit the mat hard. He arose at the nine count and barely survived the round on unsteady legs. The fifth was Lavorante's round as he clipped The Ole Mongoose with some solid right hands as Moore tried to shake off the cobwebs. The sixth and seventh were back and forth rounds but Archie Moore seemed to be throwing more punches now than he did earlier. The eighth and ninth rounds were all Moore's as he kept landing body shots and hooks to the point of the chin. In the tenth round Moore put Lavorante down with a fusillade of hard, accurate punches as the ref stopped the massacre.

Buster Douglas K.O. 10 Mike Tyson (February 10, 1990)

Buster Douglas shocked the world when he knocked out Mike Tyson in ten rounds in Tokyo, Japan.
Buster Douglas shocked the world when he knocked out Mike Tyson in ten rounds in Tokyo, Japan. | Source

Buster Douglas vs. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson was the undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion. James "Buster" Douglas was an underachieving contender and the biggest underdog in boxing history. (42-1 Odds).

Douglas started the bout by popping Tyson with stinging jabs and right hands to win the first round. The second and third were the same as a Japanese audience sat silently and shocked to the core. The fourth and fifth rounds were even worse for Iron Mike as Buster started firing all the shots in his arsenal. The sixth was all Buster and Tyson began to lose sight in one eye as it swell completely shut. The seventh stanza was all Douglas again as Tyson landed a few but Douglas landed hard, accurate right hands to dominate. In the eighth, Douglas teed off on Tyson along the ropes and Tyson landed a miracle right uppercut to put Buster on the canvas for a nine count. In the ninth Buster recovered to pound Tyson into a mess. In the tenth Douglas landed a four punch combo that started with a head jarring right uppercut that floored Tyson. Tyson arose at the count of ten and lost his belt.

Evander Holyfield K.O. 10 Michael Dokes (March 11, 1989)

Evander Holyfield knocked out heavyweight contender Dynamite Dokes in ten brutal rounds.
Evander Holyfield knocked out heavyweight contender Dynamite Dokes in ten brutal rounds. | Source

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Dokes

Evander Holyfield was the former Cruiserweight champion moving up in weight to the heavyweight division. Dokes is a former heavyweight champion and he was a top contender for this bout.

The bout was heated and closely contested throughout. The first five rounds were nip and tuck with The Real Deal gaining a slight edge. Holyfield was winning when he boxed from the outside but Dynamite Dokes kept the fight on the inside. In the sixth round Dokes lost a point for his fourth low blow and he landed some solid body shots too. The seventh and eighth heats were close but Dokes seemed to be slowing down considerably. The two boxers traded shots in the ninth with Dokes landing a few big rights and Holyfield landing several hooks. In the tenth, Holyfield and Dokes went to war in center ring with Holyfield stunning Dokes with a left hook. Holy then followed up with another humongous left hook that made Dokes wobble backwards into the ropes. Holyfield then rushed to Dokes and landed a monstrous right hand. As Dokes slumped to the mat, the ref called a halt to the action.

Sugar Ray Robinson's Best Victories

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Eight of Sugar Ray's victims inside the squared circle.

Sugar Ray K.O. 10 Artie Levine (November 6, 1946)

After being seriously hurt himself earlier in the bout Sugar Ray took over and knocked out Artie Levine in the tenth round of a scheduled fifteen.
After being seriously hurt himself earlier in the bout Sugar Ray took over and knocked out Artie Levine in the tenth round of a scheduled fifteen. | Source

Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Artie Levine

Artie Levine was a top middleweight contender and Sugar Ray was the best middleweight in the world.

Sugar Ray easily dominated the first three rounds with his speed and body punching. In the fourth, Levine put Robinson on his butt. Robbie barely beat the count and survived the round. The fifth was Levine's round too as he threw all he had in his arsenal. Levine's time had passed because Robinson beat him down bad in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds landing to the head and body with left hooks and lead right hands. In the ninth, Robinson peppered Levine with stinging one-two's to win the round without hardly even getting tagged back. The 10th and final round was one sided as Robinson pelted Levine with shots from all angles. Artie moved to the ropes and Robinson landed a huge right to the pit of the stomach that made Levine pause. The Sugar Man then opened up with knockout blows landing four of them to put Levine down where he stayed for several minutes.

Denis Lebedev K.O. 10 Roy Jones (May 21, 2011)

Roy Jones fought on even terms with Denis Lebedev until getting knocked out in the final round.
Roy Jones fought on even terms with Denis Lebedev until getting knocked out in the final round. | Source

Birthplace of Roy Jones (Pensacola, Florida)

Denis Lebedev vs. Roy Jones, Jr.

This was a Cruiserweight bout. Lebedev a top rated contender and Jones, a shell of his former self fought each other in Russia.

Lebedev kept Roy Jones on the ropes for most of the bout. It was competitive for five rounds with Jones landing left hooks and lead right hands. Lebedev stayed in Jones face bringing the pressure. In the sixth and seventh heats Jones took several big body and head shots while tossing little in return. The eighth was a slow round for both combatants. The ninth was all Denis Lebedev's stanza as he landed hard combinations. The tenth was horrific for Jones. Lebedev caught Jones on the ropes with four destructive left hands in a row and as Jones was about to fall Lebedev threw a monster of a right hand to put Jones down and out.

Aaron Pryor K.O. 10 Alexis Arguello 2 (September 9, 1983)

Aaron Pryor, left, took some bombs before finally ended matters by on kong out The Explosive Thin Man in the 10th heat.
Aaron Pryor, left, took some bombs before finally ended matters by on kong out The Explosive Thin Man in the 10th heat. | Source

Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello 2

The two warriors met once before with Pryor winning bu 14th round knockout. The Hawk was the jr. welterweight champion and Arguello was attempting to win a belt in a fourth weight division.

Pryor came out for round one like a madman and floored his rival for a short count. The second and third rounds were close as both boxers landed big shots on each other's chins. In the fourth, Pryor dumped Arguello on the seat of his trunks with a huge right hand. The fifth and sixth were easy rounds for Pryor as he seemed to get stronger and Arguello began to fade. The seventh was all Pryor and Arguello took heavy punishment as his eyes were starting to close. In the eighth, Arguello lost a point for a low blow and took a steady beating during the heat. The ninth was more of the same as Arguello looked like a sitting duck. In the tenth, a whistling hook put Arguello down for the count.

Aaron Pryor Highlights

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